Marocco Rallye 2013, Stage 5 – Short day for the HS RallyeTeam
Oktober 19, 2013 Hinterlasse einen Kommentar
October 18th 2013 – For the HS RallyeTeam, the Marocco Rallye still runs under the motto „it never rains, but it pours“. Today, a broken pipeline in the power steering system bursted and caused an early end of the fifth stage for Matthias Kahle and Dr. Thomas M. Schünemann. Nevertheless, the team from Hamburg will not give up.
The HS RallyeTeam is still followed by misfortune. For Matthias Kahle and Dr. Thomas M. Schünemann, the fifth stage of the Marocco Rallye came to an end after only 2.7 kilometers.Contrary to initial assumptions, the reason was not a faulty servo pump, but a bursted pipeline in the power steering system.
But the result remained the same: Kahle/Schünemann had to drive the SAM 30D CC –hardly steerable without servo assistance- back to the biwak. The team now tries to prepare the 4WD prototype for the last stage, hoping for a chance to celebrate the end of the rallye with a sense of achievement.
In the meanwhile, Orlando Terranova (Mini All4 Racing) repeatedly generated excitement on the top of the field. The Argentinian would have achieved his third stage win, if the organizer had not given him with a time penalty for exceeding the speed limit. Before the final stage, „Orly“ now only has lead of 59 seconds(!) over his pursuer Patrick Sireyjol (SMG Buggy). Vladimir Vasilyev (Mini All4 Racing) holds position three.
Matthias Kahle: „There is not so much to talk about today, as the day was soon over for us. Unfortunately there is no
chance to get through a stage of 300 kilometers in a 4WD prototype without a functioning power steering. This would not even work if we were fighting for an overall win in the Rallye Dakar. Our run of bad luck is really unbelievable, and I feel sorry for the mechanics who give everything to repair the SAM under the burning sun everyday.“
Dr. Thomas M. Schünemann: „We got 630 further than yesterday – that’s a little step forward [laughing]. When we left the biwak, everything was still okay. But shortly after the start of the competition, the pipeline of the power steering system bursted, what caused the oil to leak out. Nevertheless, we will do everything we can to participate in the fifth stage tomorrow. As long as a last wheel is turning, we try to finish the race.“
Next: Stage 6, The unseen tracks, Distance: 285 km, Special: 219 km
The grand final of the Marocco Rallye 2013 comes up with a lot of sand and difficult navigation, what will demand everything from the competitors. The 219 kilometer long Special starts with fast tracks and dunes unseen to date. Afterwards, the teams have to cross the mountains of sand of the Erg Chebbi again before finally reaching the home straight.